Posted on Jun 7, 2017 |

It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of long-time SCC member Jim Gorton.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Janet and the whole Gorton family.  The following is copied from The Batavian:

James E. Gorton Jr. 64, of Bonita Springs, FL and Silver Lake, NY died most unexpectedly on May 8, 2017. Jim was born February 19, 1953 to the late James Sr. and Doris Davis Gorton.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Judith Martin Gorton. He also leaves behind his beloved children, Christopher (John) and Jeffrey. He is also survived by his bereaved sisters, Lynn Gorton, Ann Schneider, Kathryn (Buddy) Houseknecht and Martha (Grant) Newton; his adored grandsons, Satcher, Trice and Mason; nephew, Matt Schneider; nieces, Megan and Ella Houseknecht, Sadie Newton and Sierra Rocili; sisters-in-law, Jane Rhode and Janet (Scott) Voss; 1st wife, Janet Gorton; and of course, his treasured Bassett Hound, Billy.

Jim was a 1971 graduate of Batavia High School. He earned a baccalaureate degree from Bowling Green State University and a law degree from the University of San Diego. Jim practiced law for 40 years primarily in Anchorage, Alaska. He was well respected for his grasp of the law and compassion for his clients.

In addition to his accomplishments in the legal profession, Jim loved to play golf, boat and work in his yard.

Jim will live in the hearts of everyone who knew him. His devotion to his family will be truly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Bonita Springs, Florida.

As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions made in Jim’s memory to: Alaska Chapter of the Innocence Project, Box 201656, Anchorage, Alaska 99520 or

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Venice in Florida in support to the St. Leo’s after school and Summer Positive Youth Development programs, 1000 Pinebrook Rd., Venice, Florida 34285.

Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.

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